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Culture, Stage Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

This Lingering Life, which opens this week, is a departure for playwright Chiori Miyagawa and producing company Theatre of Yugen. The Mission District-based ensemble, now in its 35th year and whose members have been studying together for up to 20…
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Music, Hear This Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Launching in Japan in the 1990s, the mystical psychedelic rock collective Acid Mothers Temple has grown more difficult to keep track of with each passing year. This is thanks to the AMT name being associated with not one but at…
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Dining, Eat Great China: After a Fire, Berkeley's Favorite Neighborhood Chinese Is Back

Great China: After a Fire, Berkeley's Favorite Neighborhood Chinese Is Back

Of all the reasons for a favorite restaurant to close, fire is one of the most tragic. There's no gradual decline in food or service, no switch in management or ownership, none of the usual warning signs of a failing…
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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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News, Sucka Free City Game of Clones:  Game-Makers Are Trying to Score Off Each Other

Game of Clones: Game-Makers Are Trying to Score Off Each Other

Two big players in a burgeoning market for time-sucking puzzle games will move their game pieces to San Francisco court instead of Beijing, a judge ruled last week. S.F.-based King.com, the maker of obnoxiously addictive Facebook app Candy Crush Saga,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art in Revolt

Art in Revolt

At the turn of the 20th century, a Chinese fighting society believing itself insusceptible to alien weaponry waged war on foreign influences in Beijing. The Boxers, as they were known, eventually gained the support of the Empress Dowager and,…
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Dining, Eat Xi'an Food: Exploring the Silk Road Influences of a Lesser-Known Chinese Cuisine

Xi'an Food: Exploring the Silk Road Influences of a Lesser-Known Chinese Cuisine

Any serious food enthusiast can explain the difference between Tuscan and Sicilian cuisine; between the food of Parisians and their Provencal counterparts; between the predominant ingredients of northern and southern India. And yet despite its size and culinary diversity, most…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shadowy Legend

Shadowy Legend

Do you need a fairy tale fix without the cheesy dialogue and outdated cliches? Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu tells the story of a human-like god that saves the Sun Goddess from the Evil Monster. Passed down…
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Film, "Caught in the Web": Life in Your Daily Internet Controversy

"Caught in the Web": Life in Your Daily Internet Controversy

Whatever else may happen when and if China takes over the world, our Internet culture won't change all that much, judging from recent net-saturated Chinese films such as Finding Mr. Right and now Chen Kaige's Caught in the Web, which…
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Dining, Eat

Recent Openers January 1-7, 2014

Alta CA: Daniel Patterson has brought market-driven, region-specific dishes to mid-Market in a new restaurant named after a 19th century newspaper. House specialties include Pacific black cod with broccoli, black garlic, and dumplings. Full bar serves barrel-aged cocktails. 1420 Market,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Closer

Getting Closer

If you've been to the Asian Art Museum's other "Proximities" exhibitions, you've already seen how family, culture, and landscape translate to breathtaking artworks. And if you haven't been to the others, don't worry. You get a final chance with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wearable Art

Wearable Art

The traditional classical musical drama known as Noh has been performed on the polished floors of outdoor pavilions in Japan since the 14th century. San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, now celebrating its 35th year, has drawn actors and musicians…
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Calendar, Night&Day body work

body work

In the original version of the classic martial arts film The Karate Kid, Daniel LaRusso wins the tournament with a secret technique called the "crane kick." His karate teacher and mentor Mr. Miyagi taught him the move with the…
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Music, Hear This Satoko Fujii: Show Preview

Satoko Fujii: Show Preview

Pianist Satoko Fujii embodies the concept of jazz as an international language like few other contemporary composer-improvisers. Half the musicians in her new quartet, Kaze, hail from Japan, while the other two come from France. The instrumentation is unusual as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wolf dreams

Wolf dreams

Artist Tomoko Konoike's first exhibition at the Wendi Norris Gallery, "Earthshine," will feature the artist's works in various media: drawing, sculpture, animation, and a painted byobu, a traditional Japanese folding screen. Konoike, who studied and works in Tokyo, is…
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Film, "Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

"Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

Blue Exorcist Atsushi Takahashi's anime Blue Exorcist is based on the TV series of the same name, and unlike feature adaptations of American shows (the recent My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes to mind), Blue Exorcist is not especially concerned…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings July 31-August 6, 2013

18 Reasons. Fish Meat: Ted Caplow documentary about modern fish farming. Wed., July 31, 7 p.m. $12. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/414406. 3674 18th St., San Francisco, 241-9760, www.18reasons.org. Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays,…
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Culture, Books Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Last year, no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded, but that was 2012. This is 2013, "The Year of Adam Johnson," and the Pulitzer is just the most recent, prestigious accolade the Stanford professor's New York Times bestselling novel, The…
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Music, Hear This Boris: Show Preview

Boris: Show Preview

Formed in the early '90s, when guitarist Wata, bassist/guitarist Takeshi, and drummer Atsuo met while attending a Tokyo art school, the Japanese experimentalists in Boris have traveled a bewildering path from their early roots as drone/doom merchants. Early efforts Absolute…
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Calendar, Night&Day Itinerant Verse

Itinerant Verse

It’s said that Nanao Sakaki made a practice of never sleeping in the same place twice. The Japanese poet worked many jobs, sometimes living off the generosity of neighbors while studying English and reading. He became interested in primitive art,…
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